Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sentinel column - 4-30-15

There’s a lot happening at the market. Today, Granny Shaffer’s is serving catfish and fries for $3. Yes, that is not a typo - $3. Mike Wiggins wants to get his catfish on your must-have list, so he is not only cutting the price today at the market, but he is also handing out a coupon with each meal good for a discount on the same dish at his restaurant.

Lumpy’s Express will be at the market with barbecue today and the incomparable Granny Chicks will play. Put your dancing shoes on. There will be polka at the pavilion, along with traditional and popular music.

Fairhaven Gardens returns to the market today for the first time this season with their handcrafted cedar planters, plus pecans and Carrole’s jams and jellies. She’s bringing extra of the hot pepper jellies that are in big demand. Food Blogger Frank Reiter recommends mixing the hot jelly with a soft cheese to top appetizers or using it as a glaze.

Horticulture experts from both University of Missouri and Lincoln University Extension will be on hand to answer questions about growing flowers, vegetables and fruit, as well as landscaping.
We’ll have lots of fresh produce on both days. On Tuesday I noticed many kinds of lettuce, spinach and kale, plus boc choy, green onions, cut herbs, kohlrabi, tomatoes, asparagus, strawberries, radishes and more. We’ll also have baked goods, eggs, vanilla, raw food bars and lots and lots of flower and vegetable plants and hanging baskets.

Tomorrow is Let’s Plant a Garden Day at the market. Every child receives a free tomato plant and instructions from a professional grower. 
Cooking for a Cause benefits Lafayette House, our regional domestic violence shelter. Breakfast is eggs cooked to order, biscuits and gravy, sausage, and coffee or orange juice. Marshall Mitchell will play. He’ll be the guy in the cowboy outfit sitting on a saddle. Yes, he does cowboy music and other kinds of music too, but let a child come by and he dives right in to a routine especially for children. Breakfast and music goes from 9 to 11 on Saturdays.

Tomorrow, Rocky Horse Ranch returns for the first time to the market this year and will have asparagus and strawberries.

Madewell Pork is at the market today, Sunny Lane with beef, lamb and chicken will be at the market tomorrow. Amos Apiaries will be at the market tomorrow. After a disastrous winter this may be their last appearance for a while. It will take several months to rebuild their hives.

On Tuesday, Supper with Trish is meatloaf, mashed potatoes, market-fresh side salad, white cake and drink for $5. And when I say market-fresh, that’s exactly what I mean. Trish starts serving at 5 pm, but she comes by the market while vendors are setting up to pick up the ingredients for the salad. That means that less than 24 hours before you have supper, your salad was still in the ground on the farm. Now, that’s fresh.

Carmine’s Wood Fired Pizza bakes to order from 4 to 7 pm. The Pommerts will play.

Mary Ann Pennington and Gayle Farenbruch with University of Missouri Extension will be at the market on Tuesday. They’re demonstrating and sampling Spinach and Apple Salad. Be sure and stop by. The head honchos from Columbia will be there to see them in action, so we want to be sure there is a lot of action for them to see.
The market is open three days a week now through September. On Fridays, we’re open from 11 to 2, on Saturdays, from 9 to noon and on Tuesdays, from 4 to 7 pm. Stop by the information table for a free fridge magnet with the days and hours. And be sure you’re on the market’s facebook page. We post updates before every market and a list of vendors on site and photos within 30 minutes of opening the market so you can see what we have that day. Every market has local fresh produce, baked goods and a meal, but it changes from day to day and from season to season. There’s almost always something new and wonderful showing up at the market. See you there!